Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ear Surgery

The goals of ear surgery are to move prominent ears closer to the head and to make ears more attractive by reducing their size or improving their shape

Our ears rarely attract attention when normal in size and are in proportion to our other facial features. However, protruding, large or misshapen ears can detract from facial appearance. Children with prominent or deformed ears suffer ridicule from their peers and a lack of self-confidence. Most people’s ears lie at an angle of 15 degrees from the head. In some cases, though, the ears stand out at a greater angle and appear more prominent than they should.

If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery. Ear surgery, as known as Otoplasty, creates a natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, becomes apparent with development or ear damage caused by injury. Correction of even minor deformities can have a profound benefit to appearance and self-esteem.

Surgery to correct prominent ears is one of the most common and satisfying forms of aesthetic surgery. The results are usually excellent and lasting, giving patients a natural appearance and increased confidence

Ear correction surgery can treat:

  • Overly large ears- a condition called macrotia
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees, not associated with hearing loss
  • Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery

Ear surgery consultation

Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome and the personal satisfaction of ear surgery. Safety and success of ear surgery will require an honest discussion with children about what they will experience and what is expected of them. Regardless of age, it is essential that you:

  • Honestly share expectations for you or your child with your surgeon.
  • Fully disclose health history and current medications
  • Adults disclose the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • Commit to following all of your surgeon’s instructions precisely
  • During your consultation, your surgeon will ask about any previous ear surgery and discuss the asymmetry of your ears, something you have probably never noticed.

This asymmetry is caused by differences in the size and shape of your ears and in the shape of your skull where the ears sit. One of the goals of your surgery will be to improve this asymmetry, although it will never be perfect.

Ear Surgery Techniques

Each case of ear surgery is highly individual as is the delicate and unique anatomy of the ear. Through an analysis of ear axis and positioning on the head, ear size and angle of the protrusion, your surgeon will tailor a precise technique to correct the exact features that are disproportionate or deformed.

Repositioning protruding ears is the most common form of ear correction surgery performed. The procedure has a good safety record and high patient satisfaction. The goal of the surgery is to create an ear that is as regular in structure and balanced in proportion to other facial features.

Surgery for constricted ear and other deformities may use similar techniques as a correction for protruding ears, in addition to other methods. These are more sophisticated techniques, and a secondary procedure may be necessary to obtain optimal results.

Ear surgery revision may also be requested by adults who are dissatisfied with a prior surgery. This may include an unnatural appearance, over correction where ears appear to be pinned back sharply, and irregularity of the ear folds.

Further Reading:

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

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